7 Benefits of Eating Raw Food.
Along with air and water, food is essential to human survival. Like air and water there is a direct correlation with the quality of the food that you consume and your health and wellness. A diet high in raw fruit, vegetables and nuts has so many more benefits that the “Standard American/Australian Diet” (SAD) which has resulted in high rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, tooth and bone decay and cancer.
One of the secrets to a lifestyle of health and sustainability is replacing processed and cooked food with natural foods that are raw. Choose produce direct from an organic farmer of even better homegrown using permaculture. Then you can walk outside and pick your broccoli leaves for your daily green juice make fresh salads with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and shallots.
I hear some of you saying,”I don’t like vegetables and eating salad every day would be boring.” It doesn’t have to be this way and my friend Gail has a great selection of raw cakes and desserts on her blog Gail’s raw temptations .
There are many benefits to increasing the proportion of your meals which raw. Ideally you should start by setting a goal of 50% raw foods, however the benefits of a raw diet really kick in when you reach 70% percent raw food.
- Improved health. Increasing the amount of raw food in your diet
- The nutrients are readily available. Nutrients in raw food are readily available for use in the body.
- The nutrients aren’t destroyed by cooking. Phytonutrients in plants are destroyed by cooking the food above 130 degree
- Consume a wider range of nutrients. People who choose to eat raw food consume a wider range of nutrients than people in a diet high in processed food.
- Less immune response. Eating cooked and processed food causes an immune response in the body. So by increasing the amount of raw food in your diet you can have less of an immune response.
- Weight loss. Moving away from a diet high in processed carbohydrates and low in nutrients towards a diet high in complex carbohydrates and fibre
- Cheaper: A raw food diet is cheaper because there are less add on costs such as manufacturing and less packaging. There is also less environmental cost in the production of edible foods.
Bonus Benefit: You can grow raw food at home in your own garden.
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